18071864, Dec
a French historian. After finishing his studies in Paris, he entered the diplomatic service and was secretary of the embassies at Madrid and Lisbon, and chargé d'affaires in Brazil, but resigned, and devoted several years to travel through Spain and South America, doing research in the state libraries. Toward the close of Louis Philippe's reign he was elected a deputy, but he soon returned to his studies. Ternaux-Compans collected and published a valuable series of works concerning the discovery and early history of South America.
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